Ruin and Renewal: Civilising Europe after the Second World War

Image: Paul Betts' book cover and Paul Betts

Ruin and Renewal: Civilising Europe after the Second World War

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Online Event
Paul Betts (St Antony's College, Oxford)...
Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Margaret MacMillan (Toronto, and former Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford), Steve Smith (All Souls College, Oxford) and Faisal Devji (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
ESC Core Seminar Series

Our Hilary Term 2021 Programme of Events begins with the Centre's own Professor Paul Betts talking about his new book Ruin and Renewal: Civilising Europe after the Second World War.

In 1945, Europe lay in ruins - its cities and towns destroyed by conflict, its economies crippled, its societies ripped apart by war and violence. In the years that followed, Europeans tried to make sense of what had happened - and to forge a new understanding of civilisation that would bring peace and progress to a broken continent.  As they wrestled with questions great and small - from the legacy of colonialism to workplace etiquette - institutions and shared ideals emerged which still shape our world today. Drawing on original sources as well as individual stories and voices, this is a new account of how Europe rebuilt itself from the wreckage of the Second World War.  

Margaret MacMillan (Toronto and Oxford) is professor of History at the University of Toronto and an emeritus professor of International History at Oxford University.  She was Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford from 2007-2017.  Her research specializes in British imperial history and the international history of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Publications include Paris, 1919, Nixon and Mao and The War that Ended Peace. Her most recent book is War: How Conflict Shaped Us.  She gave the CBC’s Massey lectures in 2015 and the BBC’s Reith Lectures in 2018.  She is an honorary Fellow of the British Academy, a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Companion of Honour (UK).

Steve (S.A.) Smith is an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is a historian of modern Russia and China and of comparative Communism. His most recent book is Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890-1928 (OUP, 2017).  He is currently writing what has become an alarmingly long book on popular religion in China under Mao Zedong.  

Faisal Devji is Professor of Indian History and Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford. 

Professor Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College, Oxford) will chair.

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Professor Betts' book is available to purchase HERE.

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